Indian Govt. keen on compassionate handling of law and order in northeast

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New Delhi, Sep.21 (ANI): Militancy in parts of northeast region of the country is receiving serious attention of the Central Government and efforts are afoot to curb militancy and restore peace and development.

This was clearly indicated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the three-day conference of State Police Chiefs over security threats held in the national capital this past week. He said that a firm but compassionate handling of law and order would bring change in the northeast.

Dr. Singh raised concern over the current level of violence in the northeast and stated that it has hampered implementation of a number of development projects.

The PM asked the Director General of Police (DGPs) of the northeast States to bring about substantial improvement in the situation through a better security management.

"I would, therefore, enjoin upon the DGPs of the States in the North-East to insist upon, and achieve, higher levels of professionalism from the Forces they command. Firm but compassionate handling of law and order matters, can certainly bring about substantial improvement in the prevailing state of affairs," said Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh this past week.

Dr. Singh had recently reiterated that Left-wing extremism continued to pose the "gravest" threat to internal security of the country.

He had also stated that counter-Naxal strategies had so far met only with limited success, allowing the violence graph in affected states to head northwards.

Dr. Manmohan Singh pointed out that the movement was able to secure the support of a section of the tribal communities and the poorest of the poor in many affected areas.

The Central Government has taken steps to get the militant groups to give up violence and assured them of concrete steps to step up development in their areas. For example, Centre had asked the Dima Haolam Daogah (DHD-J) or 'Black Widow' militant outfit to lay down arms for "meaningful discussions".

Following the decision, over 350 cadres and leaders DHD-J have decided to surrender and join the peace process.

A formal surrender ceremony is expected to take place on September 24.

"We welcome the recent decision of the DHD (J) to surrender arms, remain in camps and talk to the Government of Assam on their demands," said Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram.

During this internal security conference, Chidambaram said that Manipur still remained resistant to counter-insurgency interventions and stated that it was the most insurgency-affected State in the northeast.

The Home Minister, however, informed that the security situation has improved perceptibly in Meghalaya and Tripura where insurgencies have been contained successfully. (ANI)

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